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NEW!! Arts in Education Events and News

The following are links to virtual and online events that may be of interest to Arts in Education networks and schools;

  • The Arts in Education Portal are delighted to announce the first series of Virtual Regional Events from the 25th - 29th May 2020. Click here to find out more.


  • Introducing the Arts and Culture in Education Research Repository (ACERR) by NUI Galway Open Scholarship Week. For more information and  booking via Eventbrite click here.


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NEW!! National Call-Out for Guest Poets for – Online Poetry Journal for Young People

Join the Rhyme Rag community and have your creative voice heard!

Hi all!

I’m Kathy D’Arcy, poet, activist and editor of the excellent online youth poetry journal Rhyme Rag. Check us out at, @RhymeRag on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

Until now, Rhyme Rag has only accepted submissions from young poets (aged between 12-21) in Kilkenny – but for the rest of this year we’re looking for guest poets from ALL OVER IRELAND to send us work!

Every selected poem will be published on and social media, along with its own custom illustration drawn by our excellent resident artist Alé Mercado. This is a great chance to have your work published to a wide online audience alongside other talented young poets from all over the country.

Rhyme Rag is a long-running, successful creative writing and spoken word Kilkenny Arts Office programme. Its goal is to establish a new platform for young people’s voices and creative expression. With this national call-out we hope to broaden the range of youth poetry and spoken word on the website, and to encourage many more young poets to get their work out there and to continue to push the boundaries of creativity.

Click here to find out how to submit your work (keep a copy for yourself!) and I’ll get back to you with some constructive feedback and to let you know whether your piece has been selected for publication and illustration. Every month two original pieces will be published on the site.

You can find useful advice and prompts on the website and on our Insta. So get writing and submitting!

Kathy D'Arcy, Editor, and Mary Butler, Arts Officer /




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NEW!! NIPT Induction Workshop Programme Workshops Online

In light of the current situation regarding COVID-19 and the fact that Kilkenny Education Centre is currently unable to schedule the delivery of the Induction Workshop Programme (IWP), NIPT has informed us that the following workshops will be made available on a phased basis for NQTs to access online, beginning Monday 11th May 2020, with the Numeracy workshop, which is sector-specific.

  • Primary: Numeracy - Developing Good Practice in Mathematics Teaching (NIPT WS11) 
  • Post-Primary: Numeracy for All (NIPT WS11)

Within the next fortnight, the following two cross-sectoral workshops will be available:

  • Child Protection and Safety (NIPT WS10)
  • Inclusion (NIPT WS13)

When these become available, a notice will be placed on The National Induction Programme for Teachers website.

If you wish to access these online workshops, you should visit here and register for NIPT Online Workshops.

As you are aware, the Induction Workshop Programme is a requirement for teachers with this condition outstanding on their Teaching Council Registration. To this end, teachers who complete an NIPT online workshop will have fulfilled two hours of the 20 hour requirement for professional learning aligned with the Probationary/PQE Model. A certificate of completion will be available to any teacher who completes these online workshops. 

Please note that if you have already completed the above workshops (face-to-face), you will not be credited for repeating the online version.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you well during these unprecedented times and if you have any further queries in relation to the above, please feel free to contact NIPT via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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1916 Bursary Fund - South Cluster SOAR Project

Established by the Department of Education and Skills, the 1916 Bursary Fund aims to encourage the participation and success of students most socio-economically disadvantaged from within groups significantly under-represented in higher education.

The 1916 Bursary Fund provides an annual €5,000 bursary to successful applicants for the duration of their undergraduate studies. Further details about this Bursary Fund can be found here.

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University College Cork Diploma in Autism Studies

University College Cork has developed a two-year part-time Diploma in Autism Studies course (Level 7), which is being delivered in Kilkenny Education Centre. Up to this year, the course took place every Wednesday evening from 5.30 – 9.30p.m. It is hoped the course will run again next year from mid- September 2020 to mid-April 2021. However, this will be dependent on Government directives in relation to the current COVID-19 restrictions.  

The course is designed to introduce the different ways in which people on the Autism Spectrum (ASD) experience the world. Participants will learn about the history of Autism and the different strengths, challenges and conceptualisations. Mental health and wellbeing will be examined, along with the various supports and interventions that are available for people on the Spectrum across their lifespan and the legislation and policies that govern best practice guidelines and models of service. The issue of mental health and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) will be explored also and participants will also explore how a person with ASD may contribute positively to society.

This course is ideally suited to any person that is interested in expanding their own knowledge and understanding of the Autism Spectrum Disorder. Its comprehensive and in-depth analysis of the Disorder by professionals working in the field of Autism would be hugely beneficial to any person living with, or working with, a person with Autism.

So, whether you are a parent, sibling, teacher, SNA, working in a social care setting, or a professional looking to improve your knowledge, this course is for you!

For booking and further information see the UCC website or contact UCC Autism Studies Co-Ordinator, Virge Connery, via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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